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PDFWAC 246-324-025

Responsibilities and rights—Licensee and department.

(1) The licensee shall:
(a) Comply with the provisions of chapter 71.12 RCW and this chapter;
(b) Post the private alcohol and chemical dependency hospital license in a conspicuous place on the premises;
(c) Maintain the bed capacity at or below the licensed bed capacity;
(d) Cooperate with the department during on-site surveys and investigations;
(e) Respond to a statement of deficiencies by submitting to the department, according to the dates specified on the statement of deficiencies form:
(i) A written plan of correction for each deficiency stated in the report and date to be completed; and
(ii) A progress report stating the dates deficiencies were corrected;
(f) Obtain department approval before changing the bed capacity;
(g) Obtain department approval before starting any construction or making changes in department-approved plans or specifications;
(h) Notify the department immediately upon a change of administrator or governing body;
(i) When assuming ownership of an existing hospital, maintain past and current clinical records, registers, indexes, and analyses of hospital services, according to state law and regulations; and
(j) Obtain department approval of a plan for storing and retrieving patient records and reports prior to ceasing operation as a hospital.
(2) An applicant or licensee may contest a disciplinary decision or action of the department according to the provisions of RCW 43.70.115, chapter 34.05 RCW and chapter 246-10 WAC.
(3) The department shall:
(a) Issue or renew a license when the applicant or licensee meets the requirements in chapter 71.12 RCW and this chapter;
(b) Conduct an on-site inspection of the hospital prior to granting an initial license;
(c) Conduct on-site inspections at any time to determine compliance with chapter 71.12 RCW and this chapter;
(d) Give the administrator a written statement of deficiencies of chapter 71.12 RCW and this chapter observed during on-site surveys and investigations; and
(e) Comply with RCW 43.70.115, chapter 34.05 RCW and chapter 246-10 WAC when denying, suspending, modifying, or revoking a hospital license.
(4) The department may deny, suspend, or revoke a private alcohol and chemical dependency hospital license if the department finds the applicant, licensee, its agents, officers, directors, or any person with any interest therein:
(a) Is unqualified or unable to operate or direct operation of the hospital according to chapter 71.12 RCW and this chapter;
(b) Makes a misrepresentation of, false statement of, or fails to disclose a material fact, to the department:
(i) In an application for licensure or renewal of licensure;
(ii) In any matter under department investigation; or
(iii) During an on-site survey or inspection;
(c) Obtains or attempts to obtain a license by fraudulent means or misrepresentation;
(d) Fails or refuses to comply with the requirements of chapter 71.12 RCW or this chapter;
(e) Compromises the health or safety of a patient;
(f) Has a record of a criminal or civil conviction for:
(i) Operating a health care or mental health care facility without a license;
(ii) Any crime involving physical harm to another individual; or
(iii) Any crime or disciplinary board final decision specified in RCW 43.43.830;
(g) Had a license to operate a health care or mental health care facility denied, suspended or revoked;
(h) Refuses to allow the department access to facilities or records, or fails to promptly produce for inspection any book, record, document or item requested by the department, or interferes with an on-site survey or investigation;
(i) Commits, permits, aids or abets the commission of an illegal act on the hospital premises;
(j) Demonstrates cruelty, abuse, negligence, assault or indifference to the welfare and well-being of a patient;
(k) Fails to take immediate appropriate corrective action in any instance of cruelty, assault, abuse, neglect, or indifference to the welfare of a patient;
(l) Misappropriates the property of a patient;
(m) Fails to exercise fiscal accountability and responsibility toward individual patients, the department, or the business community; or
(n) Retaliates against a staff person, patient or other individual for reporting suspected abuse or other alleged improprieties.
(5) The department may summarily suspend a license pending proceeding for revocation or other action if the department determines a deficiency is an imminent threat to a patient's health, safety or welfare.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 71.12 RCW and RCW 43.60.040. WSR 95-22-013, § 246-324-025, filed 10/20/95, effective 11/20/95.]
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